Best Hero - 2008
Fiore House of Quality and Ba Xuyen
Robert Sietsema: The best evocation of the famed Brooklyn roast-beef hero is found not in Bensonhurst, but in Hoboken?home of that Portuguese-surnamed singer, Frank Sinatra. Carved from a steamship loaf at Fiore House of Quality, the pink-tinged beef, caramelized on its surface, is shaved onto a baguette, layered with homemade mozzarella, and inundated with brown gravy.
Sarah DiGregorio: What is more heroic than a banh mi? The best Vietnamese hero in the city can be had at Ba Xuyen, where the grilled-pork option?my favorite?features spicy-sweet caramelized slices of pork along with pickled carrot and daikon, perky cilantro, sliced jalape?os, and generous smears of mayo and liver pat?.